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Investigators Rule Out Suicide In Prince's Death; Obama: European Union Strengthens Britain; The Many Looks Of Prince, The Fashion Icon; The Race to Stop Donald Trump; The Democratic Rae. Aired 6-7a ET
Aired April 23, 2016 - 06:00 ET
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BARACK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: -- response to the Ebola crisis, for about three weeks everybody was sure that everybody was going to die. We're all going to get Ebola! We're all going to die!
There was sort of a hysteria about it and then everybody forgot about it. And the reason everybody forgot about it was because we mounted the one of the best public health responses maybe in the history of the world and saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
So I don't know. I'll look at a scorecard at the end. And I'm proud about the fact that I think that I have been true to myself during this process. Sometimes I look back at what I said when I was running for office and what I'm saying today, and they match up.
So there's I think a certain core integrity to what I've been trying to do. We've had failures and occasionally we've been blocked. But this goes back to one of the themes of my opening statement and it's important for all of the young people here to remember.
Change takes time, and oftentimes what you start has to then be pick up by your successors or the next generation. You think about the gap between something I'm most familiar with, the American civil rights movement. You had abolitionists in the 1700s --
CHRISTI PAUL, CNN ANCHOR: Well, quite a moment for that audience there. You see President Obama in London at Lindsey Hall talking to a group of young people from both Britain and the U.S. They've been asking a lot of questions of him. He is now in the Q&A.
We'll continue to monitor this behind the scenes and bring you any significant statements from him in a moment. But we do want to welcome you to NEW DAY."
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We have no reason to believe at this point that this was a suicide.
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PAUL: Prince's initial autopsy results are in. It rules out suicide and foul play. Also, as we just said, at this moment, President Obama speaking at a town hall event in London. These are live pictures for you. He's talking, in part, about the importance of the U.S./U.K. relationship.
And Bernie Sanders battling against Hillary Clinton. Will he be able to get enough delegates he needs to win the Democratic nomination?
I want to wish you a happy Saturday. Thanks for waking up with us so early, 6:03 is the time right now. I'm Christi Paul at CNN Center.
We are remembering of course the life and the legacy of his purple highness, Prince. Victor Blackwell leading our coverage live from Prince's Paisley Park Compound near Minneapolis. Good morning, Victor.
VICTOR BLACKWELL, CNN ANCHOR: Good morning to you, Christi. I am outside the building where Prince put that musical genius to work. He made hits here. Actually I think the word "hit" is too superficial of a term.
Many of these songs were classics. This was his home. This was a recording station. This was his performance base and sadly on Thursday this is where Prince died.
Investigators are now trying to answer lingering questions surrounding his death. Now here's what we know at this moment. Prince's autopsy was performed yesterday morning.
But a full report including toxicology could take days even weeks to complete. Investigators, as you said at the top, are ruling out suicide. Promising to leave no stone unturned. His body was released to his family yesterday.
Stephanie Elam is here with me. Stephanie, we know that this may take some time, but what are you learning about the investigation?
STEPHANIE ELAM, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Right. It's worth pointing out, Victor, that's not -- as we said, because this is such a mega superstar, when you have an autopsy done, it just takes time. It's going to couple of weeks here.
So what we are learning from this and what was interesting to listen to when he heard the sheriff's briefing yesterday was the fact that what is interesting he was here, dropped off at 8:00 at night, the night before.
There was no contact with anyone, with Prince until in the morning when they couldn't reach him. His folks that work with him, they came here to find him and that's when he was found unresponsive in the elevator so that timing was in the 9:00 hour the next morning.
So it is still not clear, but what is interesting is that they didn't rush him anywhere, which is leading to believe something may have happen here that he may have already passed away.
[06:05:09]But the fact that they did do the autopsy. We will find out, but they are looking around the scene because of the fact that he was by himself. Think about this, this mega superstar, someone you might think that people would be around.
They do believe that he was by himself so that was one of the interesting notes that came out of that press conference yesterday.
BLACKWELL: It was such shocking death now. There are so many people around the world who are looking for those final moments, the last time he was in public, the last time he was recorded on video and we're seeing now some of that video. It seems to be a healthy Prince.
ELAM: Right. You know what's really interesting about this -- I talk to the mayor yesterday of Chanhassen here where Prince lived. He said that he belied part of the reason why Prince like living here is because he could live kind of like a normal person, as normal as Prince would be, right?
He could go to the store. He could go to places around -- apparently he could also ride his bike. CNN has obtained exclusive images just on the 16th of April.
Talking about in the last couple of days before he passed away where he is on a bicycle, where he is riding around and he is looking like he is healthy. That is what is really interesting.
If you think about it, it is because we know that his plane came down early coming back from those performances in Atlanta. He stopped in Moline, and then he continued on and came home. He had that emergency hospital stay, very brief.
But you would think then he might be so frail or something else that he wouldn't be able to ride a bike, but there we have these images. Interesting timeline here of what could have gone wrong. That's why some people waiting to hear what is going to come back from this autopsy.
BLACKWELL: You make an interesting point of the last few moments, the last days of Prince being here. There was that performance here at Paisley Park in which he gave that now ironic and kind of sad request to people don't waste those prayers on me just yet.
And now we have this happening on Thursday. We'll continue to talk about the investigation in just a moment. I just heard my producer -- give me that again, please. Let's send it back to Christi. Christi, I'll send it to you.
PAUL: All righty, Victor, we just wanted to talk to you real quickly about that compound again and where you are as you were just talking about it. I know that you're live there, but Jean Casarez was there as well and she has this piece about inside that compound.
You are outside of course. We see so many of the flowers, memorabilia. The people that are still behind you at this early hour there. But a lot of people would like to know what it is like inside. Let's take a look here.
JEAN CASAREZ, CNN CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): Prince was found in an elevator unresponsive. CPR failed to revive him, he was pronounced dead at 10:07 a.m. Outside fans gathered a word spread. Many hugging one another, crying.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It is still a shock just to hear the news this morning of what was going on. I had to come on here because I'm like this can't be true. This can't be true.
CASAREZ: The news officially confirmed by his publicist. "It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary iconic performer Prince Rogers Nelson has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57."
Just last Thursday, Prince was still performing two shows in Atlanta, flying home Friday morning. His private plane made an emergency landing in Moline, Illinois. Hospitalized briefly, various reports that Prince suffered flu-like symptoms. Another that was dehydrated.
But the next day, he showed up at Paisley Park for a short time. It was to be his last appearance on a stage, showing off his new piano and a guitar, telling fans he was OK and wait a few days before you waste any prayers.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: I couldn't believe it! I didn't believe it! He was just here Saturday! He was just here Saturday!
CASAREZ: The next morning this photo of Prince riding a bike near his home, but he had shown signs of ill health for weeks. In early April complaining of flu-like symptoms, he postponed two shows in Atlanta.
Immediately after word of his death, social media exploded. An outpouring of grief from both the famous and his many fans. Madonna writing simply, "He changed the world. A true visionary. What a loss. I'm devastated."
Speaking with Larry King almost two decades ago, the seven-time Grammy winner and one of the best-selling recording artists of all time knew what was always most important to him.
PRINCE: I kind of did way wanted to do. I wanted my music as, even now, to speak loudest for me.
[06:10:09]PAUL: And certainly a lot of people would say it indeed is doing just that. We'll have more from Victor who is live again in Minneapolis in just a bit.
But still to come, an anti-Trump super PAC pulling out all the stops to prevent Donald Trump from becoming the GOP nominee. What they are doing. We'll have that conversation. Stay close.
PAUL: It's 13 minutes past the hour. So grateful to have you with us. We'll get you back to Victor in Minnesota in a couple of moments.
But happening right now, President Obama is holding a town hall event in London this morning. Here are some live pictures. He is facing backlash after he jumped into this contentious debate over whether Britain should leave the European Union saying that a British exit from the E.U. would not only be bad for the U.K., but it would compromise trade and security.
CNN's Athena Jones is traveling with the president in London. Athena, talk to us about the reaction in the U.K. to President Obama's contention that the U.K. needs to stay in the E.U.
ATHENA JONES, CNN CORRESPONDENT: Hi, Christi. Well, certainly the folks on the remain campaign, which would include U.K. prime minister, David Cameron, are pleased with the president weighing in on this debate. They believe this is a popular president.
Maybe he can have some influence on British voters as they look ahead to this June 23rd referendum. This talk of the special relationship having no closer or stronger ally for the U.S. than the U.K.
[06:15:05]And the U.S. believing that the U.K. is strongest as a part of Europe, as a part of the E.U., that is something we know the president was encouraging.
Of course, folks in the leave campaign, as you mentioned, believe that the president is meddling in U.K. affairs in a way that the U.S. would never accept. The U.S. would never accept other countries or other countries' leaders meddling in U.S. affairs.
So that was the big news of yesterday. Today, of course, the president is in the middle of a town hall. He likes doing these events with young people in many of the countries he visits.
He was introduced by a woman who said from the young leaders group of the U.K. putting on this event saying we are the future Obamas, the future David Camerons, even the future Steve Jobs, and in honor the Prince, we are the new power generation.
You can see the president is having a good time, he is very relaxed. He said these events inspire him just as he seeking to inspire the audience there. Take a listen to what he had to say about his primary message today.
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PRESIDENT OBAMA: My primary message today is going to be to reject pessimism and cynicism, know that progress is possible, that our problems can be solved. Progress requires the harder path of breaking down barriers and building bridges and standing up for the values of tolerance and diversity.
That our nations have worked and sacrificed to secure and defend. Progress is not inevitable and it requires struggle and perseverance and discipline and faith. But that's the story of how we won voting rights and women rights and workers rights and civil rights and immigration rights.
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JONES: So he's continuing along those themes. Just now he was asked about his legacy and he gave a very long answer, first saying I don't pay attention to my legacy, issues of my legacy on a day to day basis.
But then he went on to talk about things he is proud about, for instance passing the Affordable Care Act, perhaps his biggest achievement.
But also things like the nuclear deal with Iran, which he believes has removed a danger from the world stage, the danger of Iran achieving a nuclear weapon.
So some interesting questions he's getting during this town hall. We'll keep you posted on anything else of interest that comes out of it -- Christi.
PAUL: Athena Jones, thank you so much. We appreciate it.
It was interesting, as Athena was saying, to hear some of the questions that were asked, many people asking him about his predecessor and what they think he will do in particular situations.
And one asking if your predecessor comes to you and she says that, and at that point the question stopped for a minute because everybody was chuckling. Obviously people there really concerned and wondering about who is going to take over the presidency.
So we're going to continue as Athena said to bring you the latest from London and President Obama's trip. But right now, we do want to get you back to Victor.
BLACKWELL: All right, Christi, thank you so much. I'm standing outside of Paisley Park near Minneapolis. This was Prince's home. This was his recording studio. There was a showcase here, this was a performing space as well.
This was the home of his creativity and it was seen not just -- or heard in just his music, it was in his stage performances, the wardrobe, the presentation, much of what we saw came from this place. How he changed through the years, we'll have that for you in just a moment.
Also, recharged and not backing down. What Bernie Sanders is saying about Hillary Clinton ahead of next week's critical primaries?
BLACKWELL: Welcome back. I'm Victor Blackwell outside of Paisley Park, the home of Prince where he died earlier this week. You see behind me all of the balloons, flowers, notes, signs, many of them written in languages other than English. Of course, Prince had fans around the world and beyond his music, people really loved his fashion. The stage presence from the hair styles to the heels. I mean, Prince could put on a new look at easily as he could write one of those classic songs. And as the decades changed, so did the fashions. Randi Kaye shows us a few of the many looks of Prince.
RANDI KAYE, CNN NATIONAL CORRESPONDENT (voice-over): On the cover of his self-titled album in 1979, Prince appeared bare chested with big, loose hair, but that look didn't last long. In 1980 with the release of his album "Dirty Mind," he dons skimpy briefs and little else.
Soon he jumped on this early '80s trend, a Victorian inspired look which included patterned silks woven with color and countless ruffled blouses. The tighter the pants and deeper the neckline, the better.
MICHAELA ANGELA DAVIS, PRINCE'S FORMER STYLIST: He was one of those people where you can't nail down his style. He kept changing and moving. It was lace one day and tunics another.
KAYE: By the time his sixth album, "Purple Rain" was released in June 1984, Prince had hit his purple phase. He often paired with low-cut ruffled blouses and some crazy pattern patterns. The purple one lived up to that nickname.
When he wasn't in purple around that same time, he was likely in lace, head to toe lace suits. High-collared lace shirts and sometimes even lace gloves.
By the time 1991 came along, Prince's new favorite color seemed to be yellow. Yellow guitars, yellow bolero jackets, yellow jumpsuits. Who could forget this one from his 1991 hit "Get Off?" This rather revealing yellow jumpsuit was perhaps one his most outrageous outfits.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: He took a lot of fashion risks. Like his butt cheeks were out. We saw that and then even at the Super Bowl he had a do rag.
KAYE: More often than not, Prince liked to stick to one color, here at the 1999 MTV Video Music Awards, it was electric blue, head to toe. Years later at the People's Choice Awards, it was all white, even white heels. The singer reportedly favored Cuban heels because women liked them.
DAVIS: All his shoes were -- almost all of them were covered in the same fabric at his trousers so it was this seamless line to make him look taller. But he could do some things in those shoes.
[06:25:06]KAYE (on camera): Prince also used fashion to make a statement. In 1993, Prince dropped his own name and starting going by a symbol which combined the male and female signs. The statement about gender carried over to his stage costumes and even his guitar, which was also shaped like the symbol. (on camera): He had more conservative looks, too. Gangster style pinstripe suits and fedoras. Power suits too like this red hot one he wore to the 2008 Grammy Awards.
He also later discovered gold, lots of it. He wore gold sequins head to toe at this Madison Square Garden concert in 2011 and more gold at the 2015 American Music Awards.
"Vogue" magazine once wrote about the singer, "when it comes to merging music and fashion, creating a mystique through style, nobody does it better than the ever elusive Prince." That held true to the day he died. Randi Kaye, CNN, New York.
BLACKWELL: Randi Kaye, thank you so much for that. Christi, as I send it back to you. Part of the entire performance, not just the music, not just the stage presence and the purple pianos and those custom guitars of course was the fashion.
I see Randi left out those infamous chaps that Prince wore in one performance. I think people looked forward to what he was going to wear and in some cases not wear as much as they were what the song was going to be.
PAUL: Very well said, Victor. Very well said. Yes, there is no doubt about it. Looking at that memorial behind you that has been built, it's just fascinating to look at that and think when they start talking about memorials to him in terms of services and ceremonies to mark his death.
It is going to be interesting as we move forward to see what that's going to look like and how people will react and try to maybe get involved in those because obviously you can only memorialize somebody in a certain space unless it is televised. I'm sure that it will do that.
But Victor, what is behind you is definitely indicative of had his impact and how everybody wants to be involved in that memorial. So thank you so much, Victor.
Victor is staying with us all morning long obviously talking about Prince's legacy, too and turning the world purple as I am talking about.
Landmarks across the globe lit up to honor the purple one. Fans, celebrities, the president weighing in on this loss of this musical pioneer. We'll talk about that more.
Also, wanting to talk about the race to stop Trump. It's heading to the northeast on Tuesday, of course. Nearly $1 million in attack ads are out there against Trump. Is it enough to block his nomination? That conversation straight ahead.
[06:31:43] BLACKWELL: Developing now, the coroner says it could be several days or weeks before we know how Prince died.
An autopsy was performed on the music legend on Friday. The medical examiner's office says it will not release any information until all tests are complete. But, this is what we heard from the sheriff. There were no signs of trauma, no signs of suicide.
And you know by now, that Prince was found unresponsive two days ago. Paramedics could not revive him. He was 57 years old.
We'll be here as mourners come to pay tribute to Prince here outside of Paisley Park where he lived. Christi?
PAUL: Victor, thank you so much.
I want to talk, too, this morning about President Obama. He's fielding questions right now from a youthful crowd at a town hall in London. These are some live pictures where about moments ago he was asked what he wants his legacy to be after eight years in office.
A few of his answers included passing the Affordable Care Act, turning the economy back from the great recession and finalizing the Iran nuclear deal.
In the race to stop Donald Trump, it seems, the stakes are high, the money is huge. One anti-Trump super PAC is spending $300,000 on ad time in the Baltimore area alone. And it was done more than $0.5 million across Indiana trying to block the front-runner from securing the nomination before the GOP convention in July.
CNN Political Commentator and Political Anchor for Time Warner Cable News Errol Louis with this now. Good morning to you, Errol.
ERROL LOUIS, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Good morning, Christi.
PAUL: Thank you. So, we've seen -- look, we've seen other anti-Trump ad blitzes. Is there any way that this could actually damage Trump, any of these ads that you've seen?
LOUIS: I've got to assume and I think most people should assume that the anti-Trump ad campaigns that have been waged thus far have had some effect, because the reality is, he just won New York with something like 60 percent of the vote. That was a high point for him.
He normally is not polling above 50 percent, even in the states that he wins. So the ads are having some effect somewhere and they are going to probably continue to do so. The real question though is will the other candidates take advantage of it?
You know, John Kasich, Ted Cruz, they have so underperformed. They have so -- I think disappointed the "Never Trump" people that, you know, even if you spend money telling people not to vote for Trump, you've got to also kind of go the extra step and tell people who they should vote for and that's where this effort has really been kind of weak.
PAUL: All right. The Republican Party and its candidates, they seem like they got a warning from Reince Priebus in Florida yesterday. Let's play some of this here.
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REINCE PRIEBUS, REPUBLICAN NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN: It is essential to victory in November that we all support our candidate. This goes for everyone, whether you're a county party chairman, an RNC member, or a presidential candidate.
Politics is a team sport and we can't win unless we rally around whoever becomes our nominee.
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PAUL: It almost sounds, Errol, as if Priebus is essentially telling the party, "Look, if Trump is the nominee, deal with it."
[06:35:04] What was your take-away from that?
LOUIS: Yeah, that's one way to interpret it.
I think for Reince Priebus, it's really a matter of saying, however, we fight this out at the convention, and of course, no chairman wants to see a messy convention, but he's -- I interpret it this is him jumping ahead to the end of the convention and sort of suggesting to people, the scorched earth attitude really isn't going to work and sooner or later we are going to have to rally around or something.
Even if, Christi, you decide the Senate has a lost cause. There's -- the Republicans can't hold a majority control of the Senate, you've still got a lot of different things that you've got to make happen.
You've got to try to keep your organization together. You've got to try and preserve some hope of coming back both for the White House and for the Senate.
So, you know, Priebus is in a very difficult position. But, you know, if there's anybody who is going to be the apostle, the real spokesman for unity, it's got to be the chair.
PAUL: OK. And Trump team, let's face it, they were in Florida this week, as were all the teams. But Trump's team was there trying to convince GOP insiders that Trump can be presidential.
Now, I want to take a look at something that he said just last night.
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DONALD TRUMP, (R) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Do you ever call up on your credit card? You want to find out about your credit card. Guess what? You're talking to a person from India. You say how the hell does that work? I said to the person, where are you from?
I was just really not checking on my card. I was actually finding out if this was true. So I called up under the guise I'm checking on my card said, where are you from? We are from India. Oh, great, that's wonderful. (END VIDEO CLIP)
PAUL: OK. Does it -- I know you're chuckling. Does it sound like somebody who can change for a general election or change for the presidency?
LOUIS: Look, let's put it this way. He has managed to not change for the 40 adult years of his life. The man is going to turn 70 this summer.
He has managed not to change over the nine months of this campaign. He has managed to say that he'll presidential and not change for even 24 hours. He's not even been able to maintain discipline not long.
So I would have to say, it would be logical to conclude that all of these claims that he's going to become a totally new person, although the way that he acts has brought him great financial and political success up until now, its simply a mirage.
I don't think that's going to happen at all. What you see is what you get.
PAUL: Well, and you have to think the people are voting for him because of who they see. If they think that he is going to change, would that really be -- would it give credence to who he really is?
LOUIS: Well, that's right. Look, what you just played would appall a lot of people, but it would also incite and amuse a lot of people.
LOUIS: And that division is what Donald Trump has been playing on for months now.
PAUL: All right. Errol Louis, we appreciate it so much. Thank you.
LOUIS: You got it.
PAUL: And for more -- sure, Errol can be with us throughout the morning.
For more on the Republican race, we are going to have Donald Trump's convention manager Paul Manafort joining us in a few hours. At 10:00 a.m. he was in Florida talking to the RNC. We will talk to him live then (ph).
Meanwhile, on Tuesday five more states heading to the polls, including the big delegate prize of Pennsylvania. Join us for all-day coverage, Super Tuesday right here on CNN. That is coming up.
And also, Victor is still with us there from Minneapolis, from Minnesota talking about Prince and all of the memorials that are going on and really where we go from this point on.
Have we heard -- Victor, have you gotten any word of public or even private memorial that's being planned for him yet?
BLACKWELL: I think all of that is being planned now. And of course with the star of this magnitude and with this style, it has to be done just right. So those close to him will be planning that as the days goes on -- the days go on, I should say.
But, until then you see behind me, at least you saw a moment ago, all of the balloons and the cards, the notes, personal notes here with candles and mementos that have been left here by people who were touched by Prince's music.
We'll look at that legacy and the investigation moving ahead when we continue here on "New Day Saturday."
[06:42:53] SEN. BERNIE SANDERS, (I-VT) DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: (Inaudible), is there any other way the vast majority of politicians were looking to found a number of Super PACs. And this should (inaudible) and say, you know, she received $225,000 per speech for many speeches that people have over the shanks (ph).
At the end of the day, your sons (ph) were going to have to talk the talk, we have to walk the walk.
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PAUL: Senator Bernie Sanders there talking to talk not backing down from his attacks on Hillary Clinton.
The two Democrats crisscrossing the northeast today ahead of Tuesday's primary. 384 delegates are out for grab. These voters in five states will head to the polls. The big prize this time around is on Pennsylvania.
So after winning in New York, Hillary Clinton is dialing back a bit on the attacks on her Democratic rival focusing it seems on GOP front- runner Donald Trump's rhetoric on a campaign trail. Take a listen.
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HILLARY CLINTON, (D) PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATEL: Is it really about me? And I'm not going to respond to what he said about me. I'm going to respond to what he has said about women in general. I'm going to respond to what he has said about immigrants.
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PAUL: And to talk more about this, the Democratic Strategist and Clinton supporter, Maria Cardona and Bernie Sanders supporter, Nomiki Konst. Ladies, thank you so much for being here.
NOMIKI KONST, BERNIE SANDERS SUPPORTER: Good morning.
PAUL: Good morning. Nomiki, I would like to start with you. When we look at the five states that are voting on Tuesday, where does the Bernie Sanders camp see his strengths?
KONST: Well, I think that what's great about the upcoming states, unlike New York which was supposed to be a blowout for Hillary Clinton, but she lost by -- or she won by less than she won in 2008 with all the endorsements.
Pennsylvania has a stronghold. I mean, he has -- he does very well with blue-collar working class voters, working Americans and, you know, this is -- and that's obviously the biggest number here. But this is about margins now.
I mean, what the Hillary-Industrial Complex would like you to believe and all of their messengers is that she's winning. And they've got hundreds of messengers saying this over and over. But the reality is that it only comes down to pledge delegates. Those are the rules of the DNC.
[06:45:03] The superdelegates cannot decide until -- cannot announce their decisions until they're at the convention and she is not going to hit the magic number of 2,384 by June 7th. And the reason why is because the margins are small.
The largest margin was supposed to be in New York and she still only picked up 200 -- she only picked up 40 delegates more than Bernie Sanders. So what that means, she's capped out of 250 pledge delegate divide. So nobody is going to hit that magic number by June 7th and they're tied in California right now which is the largest pledge delegate state.
PAUL: Absolutely. I mean, in California you've got 475 delegates at stake there are no doubt about it. But, Maria, when we talked about numbers here, a lot of people look at the numbers and they think this is wrapped up. After New York they think, all right, well Hillary Clinton most likely has the nomination.
What is her strategy from this point on? We saw her kind of forgetting about Bernie Sanders. She's looking at Donald Trump. But at the end of the day, the Republican campaign is very much in question for a lot of people. What is her strategy with no seeming formal nominee, I suppose, on the Republican side?
MARIA CARDONA, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: Sure. Well, first of all, her strategy is to make sure that she does have this nomination wrapped up. She's not going to take anything for granted and she's going to continue to fight for that.
But look, the math is pretty clear. And I understand Bernie Sanders supporters. They're incredibly disappointed that he did not get this big win in New York that they were expecting.
Even Tad Devine said that they didn't get the number of delegates that they were hoping to get. And, you know, many of them are starting to realize that he doesn't have a viable path to the nomination.
And so I think they have a choice to make really, because right now what we're seeing is that Bernie Sanders is feeding into the rhetoric that Donald Trump is using.
And so, Hillary Clinton's strategy moving forward is going to be to continue to focus on the message for Democrats in general, because the biggest challenge here, the biggest eye on the prize that we all need to make sure that we have is in November against the Republicans.
And look, I get it. I've been there. I was where Bernie Sanders supporters are now in 2008. It is really hard and I understand that. Many of them are even frustrated that the Bernie Sanders campaign is still continuing to ask them for money and to layout ...
KONST: Maria, come on.
CARDONA: ... what they believe is a viable path to the nomination when many of them ...
KHAN: Come on. You cannot see the other half ...
CARDONA: Let me finish.
PAUL: Let her finish her ...
PAUL: ... statement here, and ...
CARDONA: Thank you.
PAUL: Hold on.
CARDONA: Thank you -- when many of them are now digesting the fact that the math is all but impossible for Bernie Sanders moving forward.
KONST: That's absolutely false.
PAUL: OK. Now, let me ask you. Nomiki, is your math including the thought process that Bernie Sanders is going to be able to shift the superdelegates?
KONST: Yeah, absolutely. None of these matters. Right now, there is a 240-difference pledge delegate divide. So, Maria, you can propagate what you want and all of your message from David Rock (ph) can go out into the universe, but the reality is there are rules and that is, she needs to earn 938 delegates to reach this nomination.
CARDONA: Yes, she is.
KONST: Right now, California's 475 delegates. If she needs to win almost all of California to win that and they are tied in California right now.
CARDONA: But, so does he. In all honesty, so does he. KONST: And so does he.
CARDONA: So, I'm sorry, but I'm going to ...
PAUL: Sorry ladies, I'm giving the wrap. I apologize. I wish we could have this conversation further.
CARDONA: I understand that's difficult for Bernie Sanders supporters ...
KONST: No, no, no ...
PAUL: But, we have to go. We'll be talking again to you soon, definitely, no doubt about it. Thank you both for taking the time for us here.
All right, Prince fans changed the hue of landmarks across the globe. I know you've seen it. They're -- The purple is draping museums and stadiums and monuments and bridges. It's a final goodbye. We'll tell you more about what's happening in the Prince investigation today as well and to his death.
Also, there is a manhunt right now in Ohio. Police are looking for the shooter or shooters who gunned down eight members of the same family. Authority saying this was very deliberate, but there is a danger out there. We have an update for you coming up. Stay close.
[06:52:49] BLACKWELL: Welcome back to "New Day". I'm Victor Blackwell, live outside the Paisley Park compound here. This is where music legend Prince lived. It's where he created. It's where he performed. I mean, this was the home of so many classics over the years.
And now, there are monumental tributes that are being born around the world, the monument awash in purple light. Broadway stars are belting out some of Prince's classic, saying, all of it, part of the world's farewell to the purple one.
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UNIDENTIFIED MALE: The opening line of Prince's monster hit, "Let's Go Crazy," hitting as the world mourns a musical icon.
Fans wiping away tears to the purple one's classic "Purple Rain". The color dominating tributes, some out of this world.
NASA Tweeting this picture of a purple Crab Nebula. Landmarks and monuments around the world washed in purple light, including his native city of Minneapolis. Fans, paying respect to the icon outside his Paisley Park compound and a rainbow appearing over it. His music touching millions, including President Obama.
BARCK OBAMA, PRESIDENT OF UNITED STATES: It so happens our ambassador has a turntable, and so this morning we played, "Purple Rain" and "Delirious" just to get warmed up.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Celebrities now speaking out.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: We are gathered here today for this thing called life.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Those who influenced Prince.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: It's a heartbreak to lose a member of that army of love.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: And those forever inspired by him.
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: We loved collaborating with him because he brought the best out of us. And he was influenced by all of us as well, you know. We just had great moments.
UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Jennifer Hudson and the cast of Broadway's, "The Color Purple" performed this powerful tribute.
[06:55:00] A blend of celebration and grief maybe best summed up by this tweet from Whoopi Goldberg. This is what it sounds like, "When Doves Cry."
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BLACKWELL: You know, fans were here before our show started this morning, before sunrise. They are here not just to take pictures of the monument that's growing here, but also to just leave a note of their own, maybe leave some balloons and the candle that are burning. Many of them are burning behind me here.
You can see the pictures of some of the mementos brought to this place. And from a personal note, I mean, I am a fan. Prince has sings actually my favorite song, you know. Everybody has one.
If that one song that if you're driving home and it comes on the radio, and you pull up to your driveway or your garage or your parking space, and the song is not done by the time you get there ...
BLACKWELL: ... you turn off the engine, leave the key in the ignition, and you sit and wait until it's over. And for me, that song is Prince's "Adore".
It is, by far, the most intense love song, six and a half minutes long, more than twice the average length of any song on the radio today. And so this is, in a way for many of the people who are reporting this story, personal because he was an icon of music for me as well. Christi?
PAUL: I am with you there, Victor. And you said it up promptly because they were playing "Let's Get Crazy" -- "Let's Go Crazy". And I sat in my car and I didn't leave because I didn't have to hear it the rest of it. Thank you so much. BLACKWELL: You wait until it finish (inaudible).
PAUL: You do. You have to.
PAUL: And give him certainly the honor.
Coming up at the top of the hour, we have the latest on the timeline of the investigation into what we know killed Prince. Stay close.